Rackspace Adds Microsoft Private Cloud Support
Rackspace Hosting (RAX) has expanded its Managed Private Cloud product portfolio to “give customers additional choice to host applications across VMware, OpenStack and Microsoft-based private clouds.” The news expands the Windcrest, Texas-based company’s managed hosting offerings to include the Microsoft Cloud OS Network and support for the Microsoft Private Cloud.
“We know that most customers are looking to move to the public cloud, but the question is how,” Jeff DeVerter, Rackspace’s general manager for Microsoft Private Cloud, told MSPmentor. “Building new workloads in the cloud is a pretty straightforward story because you can manipulate the software to meet the will of the cloud. But what about when you want to move packaged applications to the cloud? That story is much greyer,” he said.
“This is where our Managed Private Cloud portfolio comes into play. The customer can move to a dedicated solution but still have the self-service capabilities that you expect from the cloud.”
DeVerter said the expanded Managed Private Cloud portfolio enables users to minimize their risks as they move their workloads to the cloud.
“Offering and supporting Microsoft’s cloud platform is a key component of our Managed Cloud strategy,” DeVerter wrote in a blog post. “We’ve learned that our customers desire a cloud that truly works for them. In some cases, that means our OpenStack-powered Rackspace Private Cloud, and in others, it means with Microsoft technology. Today, we offer you a choice.”
Rackspace boosts its net revenue in Q3 2014
In addition to its Microsoft Private Cloud announcement, Rackspace this week released its earnings report for the third quarter of 2014.
The managed cloud computing company recorded $460 million in net revenue in the third quarter, which represented a 4.2 percent increase from the previous quarter and an 18.3 percent increase from the third quarter of 2013.
Taylor Rhodes, Rackspace’s CEO, added he expects his company to further extend its managed cloud market reach in the future.
“We are poised to capitalize on the massive opportunity ahead in the managed cloud market, where we see increasing demand for our managed services and expertise. And while we made strong progress this year, we’re determined to continually improve our execution and seize our future,” he said in a prepared statement.